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42 minutes ago, gnarlybog said:

Rakka sounds like a Terminator being torn apart by an arctic storm in fast forward.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Love it.

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Biked back in here to say that I've liked Sasu for a long time but it recently occurred to me that he's a genius. The quality level of what he's put out as Delay is so high it's ridiculous. Probably o

https://boomkat.com/products/rakka Deserves it’s own thread. Sasu is back.

These bitches love sasu

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i finally realized what it is about this album that keeps it from really connecting with me. it's too soft.

like, obviously the compositions are full of harsh/abrasive sounds...but everything has been sanded down. the attacks are all lost, the transients are all shaved off. the hits are all dulled. at first i was thinking it was just a shitty mastering job but i don't think that's it fully, and maybe it wasn't a mistake at all. a lot of the sounds within the compositions are rounded over and weakened. they hit but they don't hit. even when there's some moments of punches, it seems that's where there was a mistake. if you don't believe me listen to something like Rampa when there's these 'big' harsh kicks that just....they're like just sorta plopping in. they're not HITTING. even like the drumbeat that comes in the undercurrent on Rampa at about 4:35, it's all bubbles. it just ends up being a blur. those 'heavy' drums/percussive sounds at like 4:00+ in Raataja, they just sound weak. by 5:00-5:15 it's just a mess. 

occasionally there are some moments of attacks but just overall, everything is just lost to me. it all ends up sounding like it's washed out and muddied (but not like, low-register muddiness, just all frequencies are blah and mushy)

maybe this is all intentionally done for some reason, but to me it ends up losing all dynamics and feeling. entire thing sounds like it's being piped through a series of tubes before it gets to my ears so there's only the aftermath of the sounds...and maybe that's the desired effect? but it leaves me feeling entirely disconnected for the entire album, every track. every time i've listened. i thought it was just me at first but then i realized what was going on and i don't like it and felt like blabbing about it.

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considering sasu has made some of the greatest electronic music ever, which would put him high in the running for greatest music worldwide.. this album is 100% not worth it and skippable. I'm better of listening to Multila again than this. 

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1 hour ago, dr lopez said:

considering sasu has made some of the greatest electronic music ever, which would put him high in the running for greatest music worldwide.. this album is 100% not worth it and skippable. I'm better of listening to Multila again than this. 

Love you dude but totally disagree. Rakka slays. Multila is him in a completely different mindscape and is completely different (and equally valuable) music.

 

(But the heads all know that Whistleblower is the best.)

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I continue to find this to be the album of 2020. Like precognitive. Already topical with climate change and what not. But I will forever have memories of driving 90 mph on empty Los Angeles in what should have been rush hour during the height of the pandemic quarantine blasting this.  Then became perfect for the social unrest following George Floyd.  Just in general seems to get the frenzy and pace of life in 2020.  Both ominous and ecstatic at the same time. Love it. (Usually just repeat the first three  tracks though).

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On 5/2/2020 at 12:05 PM, dr lopez said:

blue on. Synkro too got locked in a few spots.

ok i've played it a few more times and no skipping. one day I'll write a post about this album. it is a remarkable stroke of absolute brilliance - in the architecture world (a world I live in) we obsess over art like this - taking an established style and breaking it apart into its intoxicating components and synthesizing something timeless, where even the most rote elements (aka a vocal sample going "mmmhmm") become recalibrating moments and grand artistic gestures given their new context. fucking amazing. it takes at least 20 years to understand a great work of art, im sure in the next 10 we'll really understand how important vocalcity is

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You guys need to sign up for his subscription service. I got this album and Rakka II as part of it, plus a lot of other unreleased tracks and studio experiments. Well worth it if you are a fan.

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